i LOVE color!
my curls stay colored and i probably do the harshest of the harsh. my hair is naturally off black and in the summer i have it lifted to a brown with gold or blonde highlights. then in the fall i take it to a more chocolate brown. i have no damage and my curls are still 3c/4a.
for my color treated hair the key to health is:
- going to a professional who speacializes in color. just because you go to a salon, doesnt mean your stylists knows more about color than you do. go to someone who knows color! plus i hate the monotone generic look of box color...
- do protein treatments to keep hair strong and deep conditioning treatments to combat dryness. i usually do them a bit more frequently right before i know im going to get color and right after i get color.